The Bananas Impeachment Plan

So far the Democrats’ impeachment proceedings have been so one-sided and devoid of fundamental fairness that they give kangaroo courts a bad name. The preliminary witness interrogations have been conducted in a secret subterranean bunker, the Republican minority has been denied subpoena power, its ability to question witnesses has been severely curtailed, the president’s lawyers have been excluded, and so on. And those procedural restrictions and more have prevailed in the public hearings conducted by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-USSR).

It is hard not to laugh at the farcical level of unfairness to which the proceedings have sunk. Is there any historical precedent to which the impeachment hearings can aptly be compared? There is, and it comes to us courtesy of Woody Allen’s 1971 comic masterpiece Bananas. Here’s a link to its trailer, which will give you a bit of the plot. Allen plays Fielding Mellish, a hapless soul who winds up being tried for treason. At one point during the trial, after being tied to a chair and gagged, he cross-examines one of the prosecution witnesses. Here’s the link to that scene.

Take a look and ask yourselves how much longer it will be before Schiff has the Republican committee members tied to their chairs and gagged.

George Parry is a former federal and state prosecutor. He is a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer and blogs at He may be reached by email at

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